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7 Ways Leaders Can Up Level Their DEI Workplace Strategy

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As news media report worldwide protests over racial inequality, the plight of women and Covid-19's impact on marginalized groups, the pandemic has attracted greater attention to inequity in our communities and workplaces. Moreover, it has cast a spotlight on many long-standing issues that previously had been overlooked.

Today, organizations are reviewing, refining and revamping their efforts to promote a more diverse, equitable and inclusive (DEI) work environment as DEI has jumped to the fourth spot on HR's top priorities for this year. Organizations are stepping forward to resolve inequities, have redesigned products, rewritten policies and rolled out system changes to significantly change the operating landscape.

McKinsey reports that companies with a specific focus on DEI have 35% higher returns than workplaces that do not. In addition, further research supports that investment in DEI has as much as 19% higher innovation revenues, and nearly a third of all job seekers consider DEI to be a critical factor in selecting future organizations to work in.

Related: 10 Reasons Why a DEI Coach Is Good for Business

Here are seven ways to cascade diversity, equity and inclusivity within the workplace.

Workplaces with diverse leadership are more profitable and have more market value. Leadership commitment, clear expectations and collective dedication will surge DEI within the workplace. Likewise, accountability will embed it into an organization's strategy.

A leader's visibility and active participation in DEI efforts speak volumes within the workplace. Putting company values into practice sets an example for employees and helps sustain momentum. Employees take cues from leaders and gauge their authenticity based on their actions, words and behavior. Leaders can show commitment through proactive communication and collaborative goal setting with teams.

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